It’s a well-known fact that this time of year wreaks havoc with your skin, especially when it comes to hydration. It’s very common for your skin to become extra dry, flaky, or even chapped, which isn’t a good look when you have to head outside and be amongst society. Plus, trying to apply makeup over the top of dehydrated skin can be an absolute nightmare!

Whether you always experience dry skin during the winter months, or you’ve only recently started to notice extra flakiness, we’ve got you covered.

Here’s how to keep your skin hydrated this season.

Don’t over-moisturize.

It’s easy to think that you need to pile moisturizer onto your skin, and moisturize more regularly; however this actually has the opposite effect. Eventually, over-moisturizing will strip the skin of its natural oil and the skin will stop producing said oil, which leaves your skin even drier than before.

The trick is to perform your usual moisturizing routine, morning and night, and perhaps add a little bit more volume if your skin is looking particularly flaky.

Korres Wild Rose 24 Hour Moisturizing & Brightening Cream, £ 28.95

Wear a scarf when heading outside.

Rule 101 in the wintry seasons when it comes to skincare: make sure you wear a scarf when heading out into the bitter cold. Not only wear a scarf, but also make sure that you pull it up around your face so that your beautiful skin is not overwhelmed with the cold air and elements.

It’s impossible to fully know whether you’ve succeeded with this mission in not exposing your skin and keeping its hydration in tact; however, it’s a good habit to get into during the colder months.

Lancome Hydra Zen Neurocalm Dry Skin, £ 34.85

Take omega-3 supplements.

If you take supplements that are rich in omega-3, you will start to notice a difference in your skin’s hydration levels. Omega-3 puts the good fatty acids back into your body, which regulates your oil production to boost the moisture in your skin.Usually you only need to take an omega-3 supplement once a day in the winter, but check the bottle for definitive directions.

Omega Sundari 3 And Soybean Softening Body Baume, £ 42.00

Moisturize whilst your skin is still damp.

Usually you would leave your skin to dry once you’ve washed your face on a morning or night; however, during the winter, you need to ensure that you’re locking in as much moisture as possible.

The trick is to apply your moisturizer when your skin is still damp, and then let your skin dry before applying any make-up or cosmetics.

Skin First Aid Beauty Coconut Smoothie Priming Moisturizer, £ 20.50

Don’t sleep with your central heating on.

As tempting as it might be, try not to sleep overnight with the central heating blasting throughout your house.

During the night is when your skin will dehydrate the most, so try to turn the central heating down – or even switch it off completely – to prevent your skin from drying out further.

If you’re really struggling to sleep in the cold, we recommend a hot water bottle or electric blanket in your bed. This way, you’d be all warm and snug whilst you’re sleeping, without drying out the air and ultimately your skin.

Perricone Md Hypo Allergenic Nourishing Moisturizer, £ 62.00

Invest in a humidifier.

A lifesaver in cold countries nowadays, the humidifier is vastly gaining in popularity. A humidifier works by putting moisture back into the air around your house that has been stripped due to its central heating system.

If you’re feeling exceptionally chilly one night and want to put the heating on low, you can do so and then simply switch on your humidifier. Not only will it make the air wetter, but it will also put the moisture back into your skin. Win, win!

U Kiehl’s Ltra Facial Balm, £ 52.00

It can be challenging trying to incorporate these tips when you’re so used to your current skin routine; however, they really do help with your skin’s hydration levels during the winter months.

If your skin is still feeling a little dry and the whole situation is starting to get you down, then don’t despair. The winter months are only temporary and, at the rate that time is passing these days, it’ll soon be spring before you know it.